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The December 2016 issue of the Grapegrower & Winemaker magazine is out now - and is available online for all subscribers.

Australia's first Assyrtiko

After a 10-year journey, the Barry family has made history officially launching Australia's first Assyrtiko, the notable Greek wine variety in November.

It's a wine that is already capturing attention, having claimed the 'chief judge's wine to watch' award at the 2016 Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show.

Peter Barry, the managing director at Jim Barry Wines, first tasted Assyrtiko in 2006 while on holiday with his wife Sue on Santorini.

Ten years on, after a lengthy process of importation and quarantine, the 2016 Jim Barry Assyrtiko can now be shared with Australian consumers.

The developing vines produced enough for a 15-litre 'micro' batch in 2013, and by 2015 the production had increased 900 litres. But the 2016 vintage is the first to hit the market.

"My late father, Jim Barry was a pioneer winemaker in Clare and was the times and making wine consumers wanted to drink," Peter Barry said.

"In 1966, he urged those in the region to steer away from traditional varieties such as Pedro, Doradillo, and to plant Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Malbec – varieties that were uncommon at that time."

"While the laborious process of importation and quarantine has discouraged many growers in Australia from trying something new, I, like my father, have an interest in growing grapes that have a sustainable future in our region.

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Wine & Viticulture Journal

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The focus of our last issue for 2016 is risk management. We assigned the task of writing on this topic to our regular writer Cathy Howard who has drawn on her experience on both sides of the contract winemaking sector to offer readers some advice in managing the risks associated with using such facilities.

Still on the topic of risk management is an article written by yours truly on some recently concluded research at The University of Adelaide which explored the potential of natural flavour additives in wine production to boost quality in years when juices fail to reach desired expectations. Sure, such additives are currently illegal, but you might be surprised to learn that the research showed consumers would be quite open to the idea of having them in their wine if it meant their risk of consuming a less-than-perfect product would be nil.

In Winemaking we have the results of an interesting analysis by the AWRI of the wines entered in the International Wine Challenge over the past decade that were rejected for faults. It has shown that screwcaps are not as responsible for reductive characters as we've been thinking.

We also have an article based on the poster that picked up the People's Choice Award at this year's Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference on the effect of evaporation of ethanol from wine glasses which has significant implications for informal sensory trials and wine show judging.

Over in Viticulture, Tony Hoare discusses how to mitigate soil compaction - a rather pertinent topic given the wet conditions experienced throughout many regions this season - while trunk disease researchers reveal whether the timing of winter pruning influences the susceptibility of wounds to disease infection, with their trials not mimicking results from overseas.

Business & Marketing has plenty to offer on this issue's topic of export market development and regulations.

And we have pleasure in presenting the results of our Yarra Valley vs Hawke's Bay Shiraz/Syrah tasting in this issue too.

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